To my mind, Bernard Wolfe remains one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century
When no less a judge than Harlan Ellison – himself certainly one of the most remarkable, original writers of the twentieth century – offers such heady praise, it would be wise to listen. So listern we did, and now have the great pleasure of re-publishing this forgotten classic by one of the great American writers.
In the aftermath of an atomic war, a new international movement of pacifism has arisen. Multitudes of young men have chosen to curb their aggressive instincts through voluntary amputation – disarmament in its most literal sense.
Those who have undergone this procedure are highly esteemed in the new society. But they have a problem – their prosthetics require a rare metal to function, and international tensions are rising over which countries get the right to mine it . . .